American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The power or domain of a suzerain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The office or dignity of a suzerain; feudal supremacy; superior authority or command.
- n. A relation between states in which a subservient nation has its own government, but is unable to take international action independent of the superior state.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The dominion or authority of a suzerain; paramount authority.
- n. the position or authority of a suzerain
- n. the domain of a suzerain
“In forwarding this despatch Lord Milner made the apposite comment that the propriety of employing the term suzerainty to express the rights possessed by Great Britain is an "etymological question," and Mr. Chamberlain, replying on December 15th, accepts President Krüger's declaration that he is willing to abide by the articles of the Convention, reasserts the claim of suzerainty, declines to allow foreign arbitration, and demands the immediate fulfilment of Article IV.”
“The word suzerainty,' he said, 'is a very vague word, and I do not think it is capable of any precise legal definition.”
“A suzerainty is a vague term, but in politics, as in theology, the more nebulous a thing is the more does it excite the imagination and the passions of men.”
“It would be an error both strategically and morally to accept that Russia is entitled to exercise this kind of suzerainty over its neighbours.”
“But it meant that in the British view China’s control over Tibet was limited to a condition once known as suzerainty, somewhat similar to administering a protectorate.”
“The annexation of 1877, so bitterly condemned by him, followed by the treaty of peace of 1881, with its famous "suzerainty" clause, was, I think, but a stepping stone to the war which was said to have embittered the last years of the life of Queen Victoria.”
“Unable, however, to maintain this unity very long, they appear to have set up in the country an Assyrian dynasty, over which they claimed and sometimes exercised a kind of suzerainty, but which was practically independent and managed both the external and internal affairs of the kingdom at its pleasure.”
The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 4. (of 7): Babylon The History, Geography, And Antiquities Of Chaldaea, Assyria, Babylon, Media, Persia, Parthia, And Sassanian or New Persian Empire; With Maps and Illustrations.
“The Rajah, Syud Ashruf Allee Khan, of Mahomdee, claims a kind of suzerainty over all the district, and over this pergunnah of”
“The British, at the time, insisted on a distinction between China's acknowledged "suzerainty" over Tibet and full sovereignty, but the picture was further complicated last year when the Foreign Office abandoned the distinction, for current policy at least, as "anachronistic".”
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